Richard Porter blog – Getting It Right For Every Child
Listening to Aileen Campbell, the Minister for Children and Young People, at the National Parent Forum of Scotland’s Annual Conference, it was good to hear that the Scottish Government approach is to support ‘Getting It Right For Every Child’.
Most children will have a life event like an illness or bereavement in their family during their time at school and, whilst the family will support the young person through it, the school and sometimes other agencies will have an important role to play as well.
This may be by supporting learning in different ways, perhaps by sending class work home, if the child is unable to attend school. Whilst this of course may already happen at school, the difference will be that the child will be at the heart of all these decisions and the Named Person will lead staff in supporting this. Some children will have an additional support within schools for a variety of reasons: disabilities, separation of family, or English as an additional language, to name but a few.
The important message from a parent perspective is that one person,the Named Person, will be responsible for ensuring our young people are supported when they need it. Sometimes a Lead Professional will co-ordinate multi-agency support, but the Named Person will always be the point of contact for families.
Too often the parent has to do the running to get the support. By putting the child first, all stakeholders, including parents, will be at the heart of the discussion along with health visitors, schools and other agencies so that children can get the support that they need.
Further information on Getting It Right For Every Child is available via the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing magazine
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